Roof to Rubber, Bumper to Bumper, Walt’s does it all! While WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS still specialize in and remain the Pacific Northwest’s leader in radiators, mufflers & brakes, Walt’s has evolved just as today’s cars have evolved.
Whether it is repairing your vehicle or preventing future repairs through our extensive preventative maintenance program, Walt’s is committed to exceeding your expectations.
Click on the tabs listed below to learn more about the services that Walt’s offers. If you do not see a particular service listed, please call Aurora (206-362-4144), Ballard (206-789-7828) or Port Orchard (360-871-1756) to speak with one of our expert technicians.
Walt’s wrote the book on radiators! WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS specializes in cooling & heating system diagnostics and repairs.
Technician shown here replacing a customers waterpump and radiator cap.
HOT TIPS: Check your antifreeze/coolant levels on a weekly basis, especially in extreme temperatures. Most vehicles have see-through, plastic reservoirs, clearly marked with fill lines to make it easy. Whatever you do, don’t open the radiator cap when the vehicle is hot, you’ll be scalded. If your radiator fluid is low, top it off in the reservoir. Be sure you use the proper radiator fluid (this should be listed in your owner’s manual), mixed with the proper amount of water (read the packaging for the next mixture).
It’s also a good idea to have your vehicle’s radiator flushed by a service professional at least every other year (this involves emptying the radiator and flushing it out with water).
Brake failure is the leading mechanical cause of highway accidents. When it comes to brake maintenance, don’t wait until you feel your brake pedal pulsate (unless you have anti-lock brakes, in which case a pulsating brake pedal would be normal in heavy breaking situations), hear that high-pitched squealing (caused by the warning bar indicating your brake pads are just about gone), or hear a harsh scraping noise, before you check them out. Most experts agree that your brakes should be checked about every year or every 15,000 miles, though this can vary depending upon how you drive. Brakes can be tricky – let a Walt’s professional make the assessment during Walt’s free brake inspection.
Be sure you also remember to check your brake fluid. The brake fluid should be monitored monthly, and fluid added as necessary.
What Could Happen If You Don’t
It’s important to be sure you’re on top of the situation when it comes to brakes, because neglecting them could lead to serious problems. If you wait until you hear strange noises coming from your brake system, you may already be causing damage to your brake drums, pads or rotors. This could mean extensive repair costs or, potentially, serious injury should your vehicle’s brakes fail in an emergency situation.
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Technicians (as shown) prepare a drum for resurfacing or “cutting”. Resurfacing a brake drum or rotor is an integral part of a brake service to allow the friction material the proper surface to interact against. Only those brake rotors and drums within certain manufacturer specifications can be resurfaced. Drums or rotors “out of spec” means that material cannot be safely removed and must be discarded, replacing with new drums or rotors.
On today’s cars (and many of yesterdays), “Exhaust System” is actually a misnomer. Instead of a muffler and tailpipe, the exhaust system is just one component of a vehicles emission control system. The EC system is typically computer controlled and can include a PCV valve, oxygen sensor, catalytic convertor, EGR valve, exhaust manifold(s), air pump, muffler(s) and tail pipes.
If any of your emission components (PCV valve, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, EGR valve, muffler, tailpipe, exhaust manifold or air pump) are faulty and in need of repair, your car could be difficult to start, could run roughly or could be excessively noisy. It could also be contributing to air pollution problems.
When in doubt, have a Walt’s certified technician check out your entire emission system. This should be done every 6,000 miles or six months.
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The sound that a vehicle makes is typically controlled by the exhaust components (muffler, pipes, convertor) and with today’s technologies and product availability WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS has a sound for everyone. Most Walt’s locations have the ability to let you hear (via computer) what some well known performance mufflers sound like. Almost like “test driving” some mufflers before purchasing.
Shown here is the manager removing a muffler from a customer’s vehicle prior to the installation of a new system. He is using an oxygen/acetylene (gas mixture) cutting torch to remove the old muffler.
Pictured above is Walt’s Auto Care Centers 2003 Dream Cruiser featuring a custom performance exhaust system utilizing an Allied Manufacturing “Meanstreak” muffler, mandrel bent exhaust pipes and MagnaFlow stainless steel tips.
Feeling the heat, no sweat! From basic evacuations and recharges to custom installations and retro-fits, WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS does Air Conditioning. Let Walt’s inspect your air conditioning system today. All of our A/C technicians are certified and trained in the proper handling of air conditioning refrigerant that if released improperly can harm the environment.
Technician shown here performing an A/C system inspection and repair.
Batteries & Electrical
From turn signal bulbs to complete wiring harnesses, WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS can do the job.
A car that won’t start is not only frustrating, it can also leave you stranded. Walt’s recommends having your starting and charging system tested once a year.
A quick test by our certified technicians will let you know the condition of your battery, starter, and alternator. If after testing the system it’s determined you need to replace a component, Walt’s can help. Every year we install thousands of starters, alternators and batteries for our customers.
“PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS THE TUNE UP OF THE 21ST CENTURY”
Preventative maintenance is no longer “only” an oil change every 3,000 miles. At WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS it is our desire to help you maintain your vehicle in a manner that keeps it trouble free and fun to drive through our planned maintenance service program.
The following are just a few samples of suggested services that have been determined by the manufacturer’s general recommendations and our years of automotive experience in our specific climate and driving conditions to maintain your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs.
Fuel Induction & Intake System Clean-Up
Quickly & effectively clean fuel injectors, intake manifold, ports, intake valves & combustion chamber. This service will restore lost power and performance & will reduce harmful exhaust emissions. This service is recommended every 15,000 miles.
Cooling System Service
Flush and pressure test the integrity of the cooling system. Visually inspect hoses, belts, waterpump, and radiator cap. Install fresh OEM specification coolant supplemented with a cooling system corrosion control kit. This conditioner protects the inside surfaces of the radiator and extends the life of the waterpump, heater core and hoses. Because your cooling system protects your vehicles most expensive components, we recommend this service every 2 years or 24,000 miles.
Power Steering Flush
Use a powerful cleaner to dissolve gum and varnish in your vehicle’s power steering unit. Next we will flush old, worn out contaminated fluid and install fresh new fluid fortified with special anti-oxidant and anti-wear ingredients to prevent mechanical failure.
Install a safe & effective cleaner to dissolve and suspend suspend harmful varnish and sludge from the transmission valve. Then we will flush out all of the old fluid and install new high-tech fluid with conditioners, restoring your transmission efficiency and that “like new” feeling.
Hot Oil Engine Flush Service
Install and circulate a powerful cleaner to remove damaging sludge and deposits from your lubrication system. We will then install a high quality oil and conditioner to prevent oxidation and reduce friction and wear.
Premium Oil Service
In addition to our basic oil services, Walt’s best value is the premium oil service. The premium service includes high quality oil and conditioner, oil filter, chassis lubrication as needed, tire rotation as requested and a “roof to rubber, bumper to bumper” vehicle inspection.
Diagnosis, Inspection, Estimate, is there a difference?
The two most expensive repairs you can perform on your vehicle are the one that you don’t need and one that is performed incorrectly. With today’s vehicles, guessing as to what is causing your vehicles problems is never a good option. Often diagnostic time is required to accurately determine the cause of a customer’s concern and provide steps to correct the problem.
Estimates describe and define the cost of repairing your vehicle.
Visual inspection is typically a “wrench free” process by which a trained technician inspects your vehicle for deficiencies readily noticeable to the senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing, etc)
Diagnosis (diagnostics) is the process by which a trained technician inspects your vehicle for deficiencies not noticeable or determinable through the visual inspection process. Depending on your vehicles complaint, the equipment used during this process may range from a flashlight to a computerized scanner and take anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours to complete.
Due to the complexities of today’s vehicles, many deficiencies cannot be determined through the visual inspection process but require in depth diagnosis. Often, a visible symptom such as a leaking radiator is caused by an underlying problem that takes time and tools to correctly pinpoint. WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS offers both free written estimates and visual inspections, but because of the knowledge, tools and time involved in accurately diagnosing a vehicle complaint, Walt’s may charge for the diagnostic process.
Depending on the circumstances, diagnostic fees may be deducted or waived from the final invoice when you authorize Walt’s to repair your vehicles known deficiencies determined by the diagnostic process.
Technicians (as shown here) talk to customers cars via a hand held computer scanning device. Starting with the customers concern, Mike was able to quickly determine the cause and present the customer with the correction process (repair) necessary to cure the vehicle’s complaint..
Many vehicles on the road today have worn steering and suspension parts. However, because these components wear out gradually over time, it is not noticeable to the driver. Worn suspension parts, including shocks and struts can cause uneven tire wear, “pulling” and the sensation of “floating” over the roadways.
The most overlooked suspension component is a vehicle’s shocks and struts, even though it is one of the most critical. The primary purpose of shocks and struts is not to give a “nice ride” (although this is a side benefit) but to keep the tires on the road. Worn shocks do not allow the tires to maintain even contact and can negatively impact a vehicles braking performance, actually increasing stopping distance.
Let Walt’s ride control experts inspect your vehicle during your next visit.
Today’s engines and powertrains work even harder than ever and require regular maintenance to keep them in top operating shape. Whether you need a premium oil service or a complete motor overhaul, WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS can do the job.
As with cars and light trucks, WALT’S AUTO CARE CENTERS offer a wide variety of RV repair and preventative maintenance services. Most motorhomes work hard so that as owners, you can play hard. Preventative maintenance is an important but overlooked aspect of keeping your investment safe and fun to drive. Life is too short to spend in a waiting room, especially during your next vacation.
Need a lift? Walt’s specially designed vehicle racks can lift most RV’s safely to allow for proper undercarriage inspections and repairs.
Technician shown here inspecting a customers motorhome. From brakes to batteries, mufflers to maintenance, Walt’s can do the job.